Jen’s Statement of Belief (Written as a Response to Questions and Doubts)

 

The Need for a Savior

Why does humanity need a Savior? It’s very simple. It’s actually very black and white. God is God and we are not. God is holy and perfect, and we are not. No matter how hard we try, we cannot be sinless. We need saving from our sinful condition. And the Gospel makes that possible.

The Parts Without all the Answers

The back story is mysterious. Our limited human brains can’t fully understand why God created us and put us here. We know it is for His glory and because He loves us, but it’s still hard to totally comprehend. We really don’t understand why an angel named Satan fell from heaven, came to earth, and tempted Adam and Eve to commit the first sin, bringing sin upon the world. We suppose if we had been there, we would have sinned too, but that doesn’t make the event any easier to understand. And we wonder why God set things up so that by His grace we would need to exercise our free will in choosing to follow Him while we wait here in the midst of sorrow and suffering to live in His perfect Kingdom one day. It is the grace-enabled choosing to love Him that makes it love, but again, it’s still a stretch to really grasp the whole thing. And because this back story is hard to comprehend, some people write it off.

People find problems with God’s salvation plan, too. While most people accept the historical fact that a man named Jesus died on a cross 2,000 years ago, not everyone is on board with the idea that He is the Son of God, or that this was God’s rescue plan. People have always disagreed over who is right with God, and who will spend eternity with Him. For centuries, mankind has argued over the way the Bible presents God dealing with sin. But it is out of our control. We don’t get to decide how God saves us. We didn’t decide to make God a righteous God whose holiness demands that sin be addressed. We didn’t determine that shedding blood would cleanse and atone for sin. We didn’t figure out that only a Savior who was fully human and fully God could atone for every sin of every believer to ever live. But just because we wouldn’t have chosen the solution, doesn’t make for a good reason to reject it. In fact, the human side of Jesus wasn’t that crazy about the plan either. He even asked God if there was any other way. Then, Jesus lovingly, passionately surrendered on a cross to God’s plan for salvation for you.

The Bottom Line

We do not have to be eternally trapped by our sinful conditionWe can have a new status. Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sins, His blood making us righteous in the sight of God. What Jesus did for us is absolutely a wild love story! It’s easy to call it ridiculous. It’s life-changing to call it true. Jesus, the Holy Maverick who ate with sinners, healed on the Sabbath, and held little children is the One who subjected Himself to a painful, brutal death for you. Jesus only asks that you BELIEVE the significance of what He did for you before you move on to the rest of the story.

Living With It

Now what?  The Holy Spirit resurrected Jesus from the dead to secure our eternal life, but for now, we live in a fallen world and sin is still around us tempting us and even causing us to doubt that God’s way is better than ours. Indeed, without His help, we would just keep feeling suspicious of the whole thing. But He didn’t leave us stranded.  He left us the gift of the Holy Spirit that comes to live in our hearts once we say yes to Jesus and to counsel us through life.

The Good Stuff (Fruit)

With a living God inside of you, things can really get adventurous! Prayer, promptings, God sightings, miracles, faith, joy, peace, behavior that could only come from supernatural power, gifts, resources, repentance, crazy forgiveness, blessings, strength, purity, abundant generosity, unprecedented patience, self-control, undignified worship, selfless serving, healing, laughter, and more than you can imagine…will come into your life when you ask the Holy Spirit to be on the move in you every single day!

Just Try It

If you’re still not sure, try this: For a while, allow yourself to believe that God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on a cross to save you, to rise from the dead to take you to eternal life with His Father, and gave you the Holy Spirit to transform you in this world. Focus on His love instead of your doubts. Read the Gospels and get to know this Jesus. Pray that God will move in big ways in your heart. Allow the Good News to heal you, grow you, and thrill you. Welcome the Good News into your heart, soul and life – even the mysteries of it – and you’ll have a faith given to you by the Spirit of the risen Savior – living in you. And that is Good News!

  • Professional Certification & Affiliations

    Jen Hughes, M.A. is a Board Certified Christian Counselor by the Georgia Board of Examiners for Christian Counselors & Therapists.

    Jen Hughes, M.A. is a member of the following professional organizations: Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC) and American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).


  • Association of Biblical Counselors